The St. Augustine Beach/St. Johns County Pier Gift Shop Reopens Today!

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The Gift Shop and Visitor Information Center at the St. Augustine Beach/St. Johns County Fishing Pier reopens today. The following is a press release by St. Johns County regarding the opening:

The St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier Gift Shop and Visitor Information Center will reopen to the public on Friday, May 22, after a five-month rehabilitation project. The gift shop and visitor information center will remain open to the public from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week, during the summer season. During the project, all deck boards, guard rails, posts, support beams, exposed piles, and boardwalk boards were replaced. The rehabilitation project is projected to extend the life of the pier for up to 10 years. Passes to access the pier or fish from the pier can be purchased in the gift shop. The fees are as follows:

Sightseeing – $2.00
Residents – $4.00
Non-residents – $6.00
Military or handicapped – $2.00
Children under six or resident seniors over 60 – Free
Annual Passes:
Residents – $40.00
Non-residents – $60.00
Military or handicapped – $20.00

The St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier is closed due to scheduled repairs:

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St. Johns County, Florida – The St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier will be closed Monday, January 6th through May 2020 for needed repairs and rehabilitation. The north beach access point adjacent to the pier will also be closed for the duration of the project, and access to the beach near the pier will also be intermittently restricted during this time. The beach access point south of the pier, gift shop, visitor information center, splash park, parking lot, and other park facilities will remain accessible to the public. For more information on the St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier, please contact (904) 209-0326.

Much needed repairs are coming to the St. Augustine Beach Pier

Much needed repairs are coming to the St. Augustine Beach Pier in early 2020. At a price tag of $780,000, St. Johns County has contracted Yelton Construction to begin the estimated 4 month project of replacing beams, boards and other things beginning in January. The pier is expected to be closed to the public for most of the time the repairs are taking place. To read more about the pier repair project please visit the recent article written by The St. Augustine Record by clicking HERE.

The future of the St. Johns County Pier is uncertain!

The St. Johns County Ocean Pier, which has been built and rebuilt over the years, is now in danger of disappearing.  The county has pumped money into the pier to keep it open to the public, but it’s not clear how long that will continue….  Read More

Help keep Music by the Sea at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion

Please urge the City of St. Augustine Beach officials to renew the lease at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Park for the Civic Association.  The Civic Association is in negotiation with the City of St Augustine Beach to renew their lease on the old police garage at the Pier Park. Use of the building allows them to efficiently produce great community events like Music by the Sea. Please use the e-mail addresses provided below to send a short email to each City Commission and ask that they renew the Civic Association’s lease!

Commissioner Margaret England –
Commissioner Undine Pawlowski-George –
Commissioner Rich O’Brien –
Commissioner Gary Snodgrass –
Mayor Andrea Samuels –

Thank you in advance for letting the Commission know you support the Civic Association and their great community programming and to please renew their lease!  Below is a schedule of the remaining Music by the Sea band and restaurant line-ups for the event scheduled each Wednesday through October 18th.

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St. Augustine Beach ranked as Trip Advisors top 10 beaches in the United States

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Congratulations to St. Augustine Beach, that has made the list of the Top 10 in TripAdvisor’s list of Traveler’s Choice Top 25 Beaches in the United States, with visitors ranking St. Augustine Beach #9 for 2015.  This is the second year in a row that St. Augustine Beach has made this list being rated last year in 2014 as the #14 top beach.

Being selected as a top ten beach is a special designation since it is completely based on positive ratings from visitors who have experienced the Beach.  St. Augustine Beach is one of 6 Florida beaches making the top 10, and the only Florida beach on the East coast.  You can read more about this story at The St. Augustine Record.  Here is the list of the top 10 ranked beaches in the United States:


  1. Siesta Beach, Siesta Key, Fla.
  2. St. Pete Beach, St. Petersburg, Fla.
  3. Ka’anapali Beach, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
  4. Wai’anapanapa State Park, Hana, Maui, Hawaii
  5. Pensacola Beach, Pensacola Beach, Fla.
  6. La Jolla Cove, La Jolla, Calif.
  7. Kailua Beach Park, Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii
  8. Clearwater Beach, Clearwater, Fla.
  9. St. Augustine Beach
  10. Beach at Panama City, Panama City Beach, Fla.


Beach renourishment is finished at the St. Augustine Beach Pier

Finally after over 7 months of work and $16 million dollars later, the beach renourishment project at St. Augustine Beach has been completed.  This has positively affected the St. Augustine Beach Pier and Pier Park allowing beach access during both low and high tide periods.  As you may remember, the beach access at the pier was very difficult and often closed before the beach renourishment project.


From my perspective standing on the beach and looking back at the pier, it is going to be a long time before the pier has any amount of water beneath it’s pilings for fishing to return for the local anglers.  The current sand line extends out to the end of the pier, even during the high tide period.  We have seen this happen before with previous renourishment projects.  Not to worry.  Soon the sea and all its tidal fury will reclaim the sand and the St. Augustine Beach Pier will return to being a local fishing hot spot and surfers paradise.


You can read more about the recent renourishment project in a recent article feature in the St. Augustine Record titled Renourishment Gives St. Augustine Beach a New Look by Stuart Korfhage at the following link:  You can also see some recent pictures listed below.


Beach before and after courtesy of The St. Augustine Record